Title: Independent Researcher
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Jonas Holdeman, Independent Researcher, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics.
Dr. Holdeman was drawn to the field of science by the simple basis of being curious. When he received a new technology, he was fascinated by the inner workings and often took them apart to see how they worked. As a teenager, he got an amateur radio license which introduced him to the fields of electronics and physics. Always charging in unchartered territory, he had a radio and TV repair business when he was a teenager. The stress of having a business, like when people would call on a Sunday to have their TV repaired, turned him away from the business but brought him closer to physics. His interest in physics eventually spilled over into astronomy.
In pursuit of science, Dr. Holdeman first earned a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in 1958. He earned a Master of Science in physics from the institution in 1960, and his thesis was focused on astronomy. He later earned a PhD from Case Western University in 1966. Upon receiving a PhD, he worked at the Los Alamos Science Laboratory for two years before joining the faculty at Michigan State University as a research associate. From 1972 to 1974, he served as an associate professor of physics at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He then followed his love of research by becoming a group leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1974. He held this position until 1996, where he then spent the next 11 years as a principal investigator at Obelisk Research.
Dr. Holdeman attributes his success due to treating his scientific efforts as a game of problem solving. He considers a lot of activities in life are problems to be solved and that it is always fun to come to a problem when you view it as a game. Dr. Holdeman always striven to think outside the box. His training in the field wasn’t standard and he believes it has allowed him to approach problems with a fresh take and in a way others couldn’t. In his career, he maintained professional affiliation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society of Industrial Applied Mathematics, the American Physical Society, Sigma Xi, FFRF, the ACLU and Sigma Pi Sigma.
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